selenium excessmedical dictionary

Too much of the mineral selenium may cause reversible changes in the hair (balding) and nails, garlic odour to the breath, intestinal distress, weakness and slower mentation (slowed mental functionning). According to the national academy of sciences, the recommended dietary allowances of selenium are 70 milligrams per day for men and 55 milligrams per day for women.

(12 Dec 1998)